PINK FLOYD – THE PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN. THURSDAY 30th MARCH – 7.30pm
The title of Pink Floyd’s debut album is taken from a chapter in Syd Barrett’s favourite children’s book, The Wind in the Willows, and the lyrical imagery of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is indeed full of colourful, childlike, distinctly British whimsy, albeit filtered through the perceptive lens of LSD. Barrett’s catchy, melodic acid pop songs are balanced with longer, more experimental pieces showcasing the group’s instrumental freak-outs, often using themes of space travel as metaphors for hallucinogenic experiences.
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn successfully captures both sides of psychedelic experimentation – the pleasures of expanding one’s mind and perception, and an underlying threat of mental disorder and even lunacy; this duality makes Piper all the more compelling in light of Barrett’s subsequent breakdown, and ranks it as one of the best psychedelic albums of all time.
With special guest ROB CHAPMAN
Rob Chapman is a renowned musician, broadcaster, music journalist, and author of the acclaimed and definitive biography of Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett – A Very Irregular Head.
We are delighted to welcome Rob to the CAT Club to talk about Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett and the 1967 album, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.
No use of mobile phones permitted during this event.
Ticket price includes £1 booking fee per ticket. (Please note that no refunds or credits are available for this event).
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